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Stop and Search

Home Department written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were stopped and searched under the Terrorism Act 2000 in each of the last five years.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

The requested data are published each year in Home Office statistical releases. For reference, the table shows the number of stops and searches of persons conducted between (a) 2007-08 and 2011-12 under sections 44 and 47A of the Terrorism Act 2000 by police forces in Great Britain, and (b) 2008-09 and 2011-12 under section 43 of the Terrorism Act 2000 by the Metropolitan Police Service.

Provisional data for 2012-13 are scheduled for publication on 12 September 2013 in the next edition of “Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation: Arrests, outcomes and stops and searches, Great Britain”, available via:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office/series/counter-terrorism-statistics

Stops and searches of persons(1) under sections 44/47a and 43 of the Terrorism Act: 2007-08 to 2011-12(2)
Numbers
  Sections 44/47A(3,4) Section 43(5)
2007-08 188,566 n/a
2008-09 255,680 1,601
2009-10 10 102,504 1,229
2010-11 11 9,744 1,154
2011-12 0 819
n/a = Data not available. (1) Excludes 'vehicle-only' searches. (2) Data for all years may be revised in future editions of “Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation: Arrests, outcomes and stops and searches”. (3) Includes figures from police forces in England, Wales, Scotland and the British Transport Police. (4) All s44 powers were formally replaced with s47A powers, which have a significantly higher threshold for authorisation than s44 searches, in March 2011. There has, as yet, been no use of stop and search powers under s47A. (5) Searches conducted by the Metropolitan Police Service only.

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